Health officials in the United Kingdom may be treating monkeypox as the new coronavirus.
The U.K.'s Health Security Agency is tracking cases of monkeypox as the new virus spreads across the country, according to the Telegraph. The agency is releasing daily updates on monkeypox numbers and intends to release a dashboard at an unspecified date if case numbers continue to rise.
While it took the health agency several weeks to develop the technology needed to track the coronavirus, replicating such an app would take significantly less effort.
HERE'S WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE GLOBAL MONKEYPOX OUTBREAK
Messaging on the virus has been mixed. President Joe Biden initially said the United States should be concerned about monkeypox, only to walk it back as less concerning than COVID-19.
Monkeypox symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes. Patients will also typically see a rash that spreads from the face across the body.
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The first U.K. monkeypox case was reported on May 7. As of Thursday, there are 80 cases in the country. There are more than 200 global infections of monkeypox, which is considered by health officials to be a low risk to the public, according to Reuters.
While case numbers remain low, it is unclear if the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention intends to follow the UKHSA's steps. A representative from the CDC did not respond to requests for comment from the Washington Examiner.